Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Ever been scared of checking into a hotel? It happened to me this week after I booked what looked like a nice Miami Beach hotel that I found on

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Lessons of St. Lucia

I checked into one of St. Lucia’s best-known resorts last week, Windjammer Landing. By the time I checked out five nights later, I knew I’d found one of the secrets to St. Lucia’s success—and it had nothing to do with fiery sunsets or azure waters.

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.